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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  October 11, 2011 2:30am-3:00am PDT

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good morning. i'm willie geist. this is "way too early," the show that wishes its owner would look it out so we could get some damn sleep around here. i'm glad you're up with us this morning listening on msnbc or sirius xm radio. text the word awake followed by a response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this tuesday, october 11. a lot to tell you about today including new chaos and death in the streets of egypt. plus, hugo chavez gets out the vote by getting jiggy with it. we'll provide an explanation for what you're seeing here later in the show. first though, let's get to the news.
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live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. the republican presidential field heads to new hampshire tonight to square off in a debate at dartmouth college. it's the fifth i did bait for the candidates but weather rick perry should be touting his jobs numbers. the numbers for him continue to decline. the latest disappointing numbers for perry come in the new nbc poll where the governor has only
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6% support among new hampshire primary voters. mitt romney leads that group with 44% followed by former godfather pizza ceo herman cain. a distant second at 13%. in iowa, the same poll shows romney leading with 23% support among likely caucus goers. herman cain, a close second. in fact, within the margin of error with mitt romney. rick perry at ten. ron paul in third place with 11%. michele bachmann hanging in there as well. the latest national poll has herman cain just about tied for the lead with mitt romney. the two points within the margin of error. aga again, that's a national poll. as cain surges in the polls, he's also getting an upgraded seated at tonight's poll. the candidates will be seated based on their recent poll standings, which put romney and cain side by side in the
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ened by cain. >> herman cain is a good guy. give him a good look. i'm not going to try to convince you my experience is better than his. we both spent our careers in the private sector. that's one of the reasons both of us are doing well in terms of public support because we have not spent our life entirely in politics. we understand something about how the economy works. >> meanwhile, romney continued to attack perry. >> i'm a conservative businessman. >> time and again the white house has pointed to the massachusetts law as the model for its obamacare. >> i agree with mitt romney. he's right. >> jimmy carter is throwing his weight behind mitt romney. >> we'll find it's the best path. >> i like mandates. >> in my book, i said no such thing. >> why, if it's good for
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massachusetts, and it's working in massachusetts, wouldn't you apply for the rest of the country? >> i would. >> romney has flip-flopped on some of the issues. >> we'll end up with a nation that's take an mandate approach. >> there are a lot of reasons not to elect me. >> he's right. >> that's a rick perry ad going after mitt romney. romney responded saying in part, rick perry is a desperate candidate who will say and do anything to prop up his sinking campaign. that's from the romney campaign. as the potential 2012 opponents prepare for tonight's debate, president obama heads to pittsburgh this morning to continue his push to sell the american jobs act. later today, the president will stop in orlando for two campaign events before heading back to washington. the president's trip comes as the new washington post bloomberg poll shows americans are increasingly pessimistic about the economy. 52% say it's likely there will be another financial crisis. that's up ten points since march
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of last year. however, this may not impact the president's re-election. 44% say the outcome of the 2012 election will not make their financial situation any better. now to watch massachusetts's senate race. democratic front runner elizabeth warren has announced she raised $3.1il that's a nice haul. she claims 96% of her contributions were for $100 or less coming from more than 11,000 people in the state of massachusetts. warren's republican rival scott brown countered warren's news by announcing his campaign had raised $1.55 million in the third quarter. it's less than warren, but his total campaign cash now at a whopping $10.5 million. disturbing new report about the treatment of detainees in afghanistan. the cover of today's "new york times" says the united nations
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has discovered torture at sites run by the national police. the 74-page report finding that nearly half of all detainees experienc experienc experienced interrogation techniques that are considered torture. the report also says the techniques were used at facilities throughout afghanistan and in some instances on children under the age of 18 years old. a pentagon official says the u.s. is reviewing the allegations in this report. egypt's governing military leadership condemning a surge and deadly violence in the country and calling for a full investigation into the events that killed at least two dozen people and injured hundreds more over the weekend. muslims and christians in cairo are now mourning the dead and command demanding the chief military officer be removed from power. the military has been accused by
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many of not upholding the democratic principles of the egyptian revolution. richard engle has more on the story. >> reporter: this wasn't what the revolution was supposed to bring. funerals after a massacre of christians by egypt's mainly muslim army. it started with a peaceful demonstration. christians, 10% of the population here, were demanding justice after one of their churches was burned down last week by increasingly aggressive islamic radicals. but when the demonstrators reached central cairo, government troops, witnesses say, attacked. military vehicles plowed through crowds. the demonstrators responded, attacking troops with stones. soldiers opened fire, killing 25. even as some christians formed a human shield around one soldier to protect him from angry clouds. in a hospital, we found two young men, one hit by an army
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truck, the other shot. both insist the army killed unarmed a civilians. protesters are still gathered here in front of the hospital where the bodies of the christian demonstrators were taken. many of these people say egypt's revolution has brought in a period of chaos and empowered islamic extremists leaving egypt's christian minority under threat. christians told us the revolution has failed. the army is helping the islamic groups. adding to the distrust, state tv claimed it was the army that was attacked by christians. it played patriotic music and scenes of muslim-christian harmony. even as clashes continued in front of the station's own headquarters. local tv stations that showed the violence were taken off the air. >> nbc's richard engle reporting from cairo. the white house is condemning
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that violence. turning back to the united states, the occupy wall street protests now entering their 25th day as demonstrations spread across the country and in some cases grow more heated. they've been largely peaceful. at a rally in boston early this morning, more than 50 people were arrested for trespassing after police say the protesters ignored warnings to move from the rose fitzgerald kennedy greenway. a local group expressed concern about damage to the greenway, prompting police to issue the warning. over 200 officers reportedly surrounded the area after the demonstrators moved their location to the greenway as part of an expansion from their original site. the boston clashes come as new york city mayor michael bloomberg softens his stance on the occupy wall street protests. you remember last week, bloomberg blasted the group saying the focus on banks could harm the new york city job market. when asked how long the protests would continue, bloomberg
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replied, quote, we'll see what happens. yesterday, the mayor said he did not expect to move the demonstrators any time soon. >> i have no idea how much longer. i think part of it has probably to do with the weather. but the bottom line is people want to express themselves. as long as they obey the laws, we'll allow them to. they break the laws, we're going to do what we're supposed to do. >> some members of the group weighed in saying, bloomberg said we can stay indefinitely. big win. the mayor warned last month about the potential for riots in the streets if the economy continues to stagnate, setting the number of new college graduates who are unable to find jobs. u.s. stocks extending their rally on monday posting their best win streak in five years. this comes as netflix does an about-face. one that will likely soothe the customer anger. let's take a look at the markets as we get all up in your business this morning. steve is live in london.
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good morning. >> reporter: very good day to you. i'll tell you who's occupying wall street for real and the city of london, every other financial market. the dow rallying over 300 points yesterday. the s&p up over 11% since last tuesday's lows and is now above some key technical levels as well. this all on the hopes that the europeans can get some deal together to save the euro. meanwhile, netflix an about turn. this stock is down 60% since july. the customers are revolting at the fact the group was going to split up the online streaming business and the mail order business. what did the shares do? they fell another 4%. back to you. >> steve, thanks so much. still ahead on "way too early," do not adjust your television set. the detroit lions are 5-0, as in five wins and 0 losses. monday night football highlights and some walkoff playoff baseball. plus, the nba does some fighting off of its nose despite its
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face. commissioner david stern cancels the first two weeks of the season as the players and union remain miles apart on sharing the league's big old pile of cash. will there be a season? we'll have that story and a check on weather when "way too early."
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it's 2:45 in the morning at lax. 5:45 here in new york city. that's where we find bill karins. a lot of green behind you, sir. >> yeah, it's a little bit of rain. our summer fling is overwith in a lot of areas.
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we're going to return to more of a typical fall weather pattern. the weather in florida and georgia yesterday is heading northward. this is all showers and thunderstorms. that will creep through virginia into the day and into d.c. later tonight. in d.c., you can bring the umbrella maybe for the ride home. as far as the forecast everywhere else, clouds increasing. temperatures where they should be, in the 70s. overall, not a bad day today. just not as bright and blue and jor jous. in the midwest, no problems. still nice and toasty in texas with 80s. the rain is heading our way tomorrow in new york and boston. >> all right. we'll enjoy that last day, perhaps, of indian summer. thanks, bill. let's turn to sports now. the entirety of the nba season is out in in doubt. yesterday, commissioner david stern cancelled the first two weeks of the season. stern telling reporters, quote,
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the sides are very farth apart. >> we tried awfully hard. we made, in our view, concession of condition session. in this economy at this time with what's going on in this country and the world, i think -- i'm proud of my owners. they really demonstrated, to me, to the fans, to all of the people who work in the buildings, that they tried to make a deal. >> very a variety of issues at question here. all revolving around money. both sides drawing lines in the sand. the big issue is the sharing of the annual revenue. under the previous agreement, players got 57% of revenue, a deal the league claims is unsustainable. according to stern, 22 of the 30 teams lost money last year. the players union disputes that. in the new talks, the owners have considered knocking down the share to 47%. players have countered with 53% after stern's decision, some play ergs took to twitter. lebron james issuing an apology.
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i want to sincerely say sorry to all the fans, wrote james. it's a sad day for all of us, especially you guys. there's no us without you. his teammate dewayne wade took a different approach. stern's words today hurt the people who work at the aaa, that's the heat's arena. other arenas as well as local businesses and our fans, adding it's a lockout not a strike. the league stands to lose millions if the lockout continues. losses for the first two cancelled weeks estimated to be $83 million in ticket sales alone and a lot more than that when you put everything else together. we turn now to monday night football. lions putting their undefeated 4-0 record on the line against the chicago bears. in the second quarter, no score. matt stafford takes a shot down field to calvin johnson. his league-leading ninth touchdown of the season. that's the most through nine games dating back to 1940. bears get within four in the fourth. jahvid best blows it up the middle and blows the game wide
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open. an 88-yard touchdown rest. the lions beat the defending nfc north champion bears 24-13. detroit is now 5-0 for the first time since 1956. while detroit was celebrating the success of its football team, its baseball squad was not fairing so well. already down a game to the rangers, yesterday playing game two. detroit jumped out to a 3-2 lead. in the seventh, nelson cruz evens it up with a solo home run. game tied at three. same score in the ninth inning. detroit had the bases loaded with two outs. victor martinez pops out to shallow second. bottom of the ninth, rangers bases loaded. a chance to tie it. mitch moore land grounds out. tigers stay alive. let's skip ahead to the 11th. rangers with the bases loaded again. nobody out. nelson cruz, remember hit one in the seventh. that is a walkoff grand slam.
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cruz's third home run of the series. rangers win 7-3. they're up 2-0 in the series. they head back to detroit to play game three tonight. in the national league, brewers up 1-0 in the series against the cardinals. game two in milwaukee last night. this belonged to albert pujols. in the first, connected for a deep home run to left field. pujols goes 4-5, driving in five of the cardinals' runs. cards even up the series with a 12-3 win. the teams how head back to st. louis for game three tomorrow. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe" debate night for the republicans tonight as new polls show what everybody knows. rick perry needs a big night. we'll knock around his future with our "morning joe" crew. when we come back here, we'll huddle around the water cooler to watch hugo chávez do some back-up dancing for a ven someday lane dancer.
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can i help you? yeah, can i get a full-sized car? for full-sized cars, please listen to the following menu. for convertibles, press star one. i didn't catch that. to speak to a representative, please say representative now. representative. goodbye! you don't like automated customer service, and neither do we. that's why, unlike other cards, no matter when you call chase sapphire preferred, you immediately get a person not a prompt. chase sapphire preferred. a card of a different color. (phone ringing) chase sapphire preferred, this is julie in springfield. delivering mail, medicine and packages. yet they're closing thousands of offices, slashing service, and want to lay off over 100,000 workers. the postal service is recording financial losses, but not for reasons you might think. the problem ? a burden no other agency or company bears. a 2006 law that drains 5 billion a year from post-office revenue while the postal service is forced to overpay billions more into federal accounts.
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dartmouth college will host its sixth presidential debate tonight in the first in the nation primary state of new hampshire. that dartmouth tradition began in 1984. if you want to sound smart today, tell your friends in 2008, senator john mccain won
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the republican new hampshire primary. senator hillary clinton won over barack obama by a margin of 39% to 36.5%. enough of the real news. lets huddle around the water cooler to catch up with a man whose name you probably erased from your memory sometime in late 2008. joe the plumber. remember him? the guy who became the mascot for john mccain's presidential campaign is now seeking office himself. yes, officially filing papers to run for united states congress in ohio's ninth congressional district. looking to unseat marcy captor who's held it since 1983. let's look back at some of our fondest memories. >> if you look at spreading the wealth, no one can debate that. that's fact. >> politicians are going to kill our country. >> social security is a joke. social security i've never
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believed in, don't likeforced o. >> thank you for coming out here. >> i think media should be abolished from reporting. >> would you ever run for office? >> i will consider it in about six years. that's a lot of work. it's a job that's very important. i would take it as serious as it is. >> there you go. joe the plumber running for congress in ohio's ninth district. how about hugo chavez? the venezuelan president appeared on television dancing with a young rapper trying to show he's in touch with kids. it showed he was in good health. kn we know he's been fight cancer. some good move there is. polls showed chavez at about 60%. i guess he's trying to pour it on a little bit. some gravy here. looking good, hugo. one more for you.
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jimmy fallon last night on late night previewing tonight's republican debate. >> after chris christie and sarah palin announced they weren't running, it seems like republicans are trying hard to keep people excited. take a look at this promo. >> one night only, republican presidential hopefuls will go head to head in a cage match. rick sanitarium sanatorium, john hair comb huntsman, rik the corn dog perry, michele i'll be bachmann, herman cain will make it rain and ron paul. there will be slandering, arguing, and some of the most insane political conserving you've ever seen. >> it's what gives me the experience to put together a plan to help restructure the basis. >> you down with gop? yeah, you know me. tuesday night at dartmouth college. get some. [ applause ] >> i'd watch that. still ahead on "way too early," why are you awake? your well-meaning tweets, texts,
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